These diminutive pretty little flowers are more robust than you might imagine. They bloom in the high mountains of Europe often pushing their dainty stems and buds through pockets of snow - they are found in the Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees, and the Carpathian's. Their name is Soldanella alpina, alpine snowbell and they belong to the Primulaceae family.
Tillandsia cyanea, Pink Quill, is a member of the Bromeliad family genus Tillandsia, which means air plants that grow on rocks and bark rather than in soil. They are found at elevations of between 2,000 and 3,500 feet above sea level and flourish in the rainforests of S. America.
One person named both flowers and answered all of the questions correctly. His comment was the first to arrive, and I immediately thought that I had made the quiz too easy. However, two other bloggers named the first flower and answered all of the questions correctly.
The the order in which they arrived.
1. Rod L correctly named both flowers and gave the right answers to all of the questions - a ⭐ to Rod L. I have no idea who you are Rod L, as you do not appear to have a blog.
2. David who knew the first flower and answered the questions correctly
3. Mariette who also named the first flower and answered all of the questions correctly.
Well done to Rod L, David and Mariette, and thank you to everyone for taking part.
Thanks for the reveal; a nice birthday gift!
Happy Birthday dear Mariette, and well done.Delete
Thank you; busy day replying to all phone calls, video calls, messages... but I'm very happy!Delete
They are both beautiful flowers. Congrats to the savvy winners!ReplyDelete
I think that they did well.Delete
Hopefully I can both of them next time!ReplyDelete
I was impressed that you knew the little Soldanella alpina David - I don't expect that you have ever seen one.Delete
Hello Rosemary, Both of those are wonderful flowers, and good for the people who recognized them. I guess I have been living in the concrete city for too long!ReplyDelete
Hello Jim - I do confess that the quiz proved to be much harder than I had thought that it would be.Delete
Such pretty flowers. I'm impressed that someone could recognize both of them. Well done!ReplyDelete
I was impressed too and also quite shocked especially as his was the very first answer.Delete
Wow, applause to the winners! I thought it difficult this time - but very entertaining, thank you Rosemary!ReplyDelete
It did turn out to be far harder than I had anticipated Britta - thank you for giving it a try.Delete
The first one is especially pretty William.Delete
They're both pretty striking in their petite way. Well done to the quiz winners! I should never have dreamed correctly either of their natural homes.ReplyDelete
I was so surprised when one person named both of the flowers along with their habitat correctly straightaway - he really took the wind out of my sails.Delete
I'm very glad I passed. I would never have got that, even spending hours online looking at photos. Nice flowers though. A hard quiz unless you know something about the general species and type to give you a start otherwise it's a pitch black field looking for a sand grain....ReplyDelete
I have yet to do a quiz - flower, one of my curiosities, or a building that someone in blog-land has not been able to guess correctly.Delete
Congratulations to the winner/s - they are lovely flowers.ReplyDelete
They did well to guess Margaret.Delete
Would never have been able to identify these charming little flowers. Even though I have spent a lot of time wandering the dolomites.
Great Quiz but difficult.
Dear Gina - I found my one and only specimen of a Soldanella alpina in the mountains which overlook Bolzano in the Southern Tyrol, a place which I seem to remember is somewhere that you too have visited. I was really thrilled to bits when I found it.Delete
Like Gina, I would never have been able to get these pretties - I did try though!ReplyDelete
I just never knew there were quite so many blue flowers until I started searching - the Internet is really scary at times!!!
Hope all is well after the storms.
Dear Mary - thank you for trying I do appreciate that.Delete
We haven't had any storms here, in fact it has been pretty good for a February weekend. There is talk of snow coming in this evening but on the eastern side of the country rather than the west. They have had snow in the north and Scotland too, but so far we have managed to escape it.
Hello, Rosemary –The thin red stalks reminded me of “Koiwa kagami” Alpine flower, frequently seen on high altitude in Japan. They are pink. https://mikawanoyasou.org/data/koiwakagami.htmReplyDelete
Hello Yoko - that was really interesting to read - I looked at all of the information that you sent. Apparently you have two species - pink ones and white ones both of which are only endemic to Japan.Delete
Dear Rosemary - Sorry, I do not have a blog, but I really enjoy yours. I am retired and live (and garden) on the east coast of Canada.ReplyDelete
Please to meet you Rod and thank you for your very kind comment. I was very, very impressed that you got the correct answers so quickly.Delete
I know Nova Scotia, and also Toronto as my eldest brother lives there.
I never seem to know the names of flowers, but always love seeing them. Hiking in Colorado I do come across ones that I just don’t see at lower altitudes. I finally bought a little book so I could look them up.ReplyDelete
If you are interested and want to know more about flowers then it is an excellent plan to carry a good small flower book with you that is specific for the area where you are. It can become quite addictive finding new flowers and then discovering more about them - enjoy.Delete